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Day 1: Rio Arrival

May 9, 2013

The day has finally come for our trip to Brasil!!  We have been planning on going somewhere for our 10 year anniversary, but had a big of trouble deciding on where that would be.  We wanted somewhere with things to do, but ultimately wanted to just take it easy by the beach as well.  One destination came to mind…Rio.  We made our plans, booked the Copacabana Palace and were off to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss.  We arrived into Rio after a 9 hour uneventful flight from ATL.

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Upon our arrival, we promptly went to the Copacabana and our room was ready for us.

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It is such a nice hotel that has a very authentic feel for Brasil.  The service is great and the staff is wonderful.  The location is amazing as well.  It is right in the middle of all the action making it feel very safe and accessible.  It was pouring down crazy rain, so we settled in and freshened up and promptly headed out.  The great thing about the weather here is that when it rains, it is generally short-lived, so it doesn’t alter your plans much.  The first area we explored was Santa Teresa.  It is the oldest portion of Rio and has a ton of charm.  Unfortunately, it seemed somewhat deserted the day we arrived, but can definitely see that it has a lot of potential on the weekend.

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After exploring a bit there, my husband was dying to get to Sugarloaf Mountain, so we made a beeline over to that area.  There were not any crowds so we did not have to wait long at all.  It was a bit cloudy, but still had great views.  I can see why it is a favorite.  We grabbed a drink and watched the sun set over Rio.  It was a great end to a great day.

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I understand why people like it here to so much.  The people are very friendly and it is beautiful.  Everyone is so friendly and seemingly carefree exhibited by the great group of people on top of Sugarloaf at sunset.  I hope to go back before we leave.  We have come at a time that is not high season (mid November-mid March) so the crowds are low and the weather is perfect.  We are going to have a great time!

We ended our evening eating at a local establishment O Rei das Empanadas.  You know you are going authentic when there is zero English spoken.  That said, they have great empanadas and is highly recommended!!!

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